higher when compared to other reproductions. There are
three good reasons which contribute to this higher cost; one
is the detail of work mandated by the process, two is all the
materials used by the printer are quite costly and three is
the fact an artist must pay for the entire run upfront. After
the printing is finished, as a general rule, the screens are
destroyed insuring no more reproductions will ever be
printed again.
This brings us to Lithography. Lithography is the
method for creating a Lithograph reproduction.  Many
artists, especially those at the blooming stages of their
career, prefer to work with lithography because it is a less
expensive printing method than both the Giclée and the
The reproduction process begins by etching an image
of the original painting onto a special stone with hinges on
it. The etching is then colored in using the four primary
colors. After the stone is colored (also referred to as
"inked") canvas or paper is applied over the inked stone.
This transfer creates a print of the etched imagine onto the
paper or canvas.
Each time the paper or canvas touches the stone and
an image is transferred the stone will very minutely wear
away. This is where our culture gets the idea of number 1
in an edition is more valuable than number 2 or 300, simply
because the stone wears away.  The truth is, to your
naked eye there would be no visible differences
between number 1 and number 300. This is an old
fashioned view from the ancient days of lithography and lack
of education has carried it in a totally new media.
People will ask "if number 1 is more valuable than
number 300?" Today, even with lithography, reproductions
techniques are so advanced from as little as a quarter